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Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Agriculture and Food

Agriculture and Food

2009-2010 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 50%
2009-2010 National Farmers Union - Positions 83%
2008 National Association of Wheat Growers - Positions 60%
2007-2008 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 70%
2007-2008 Grassroots Netroots Alliance - Positions 40%
2007-2008 National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score 66
2007 National Association of Wheat Growers - Positions 65%
2007 National Council of Agricultural Employers - Positions 52%
2006 National Council of Agricultural Employers - Positions 75%
2005-2006 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 64%
2005-2006 National Farmers Union - Positions 33%
2005 National Association of Wheat Growers - Positions 75%
2005 National Council of Agricultural Employers - Positions 80%
2003-2004 National Farmers Union - Positions 33%
2002 American Coalition for Ethanol - Positions 0%
2001-2002 Minnesota Farm Bureau - Positions 62%
2001-2002 Minnesota Farm Bureau - Positions 50%
2001-2002 National Farmers Union - Positions 50%
2000 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 67%
1999-2000 National Farmers Union - Positions 50%
1998 National Farmers Union - Positions 56%
1997 National Farmers Union - Positions 71%
1996 National Farmers Union - Positions 33%
1995-1996 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 84%
1995 National Farmers Union - Positions 30%
1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Positions on Agriculture 100%
1994 National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score 44%
1993-1994 American Farm Bureau Federation - Positions 67%
1993 National Farmers Union - Positions 44%
1991-1992 National Farmers Organization - Positions 70%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

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